Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more.
Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu Tantrism, philosophy, the neuroscience of the sense of self, neurofeedback and the consciousness hacking movement, aspects of artificial intelligence, entheogens, and much more.
If you’re looking for fresh directions, free from dogma and conformism, think of the Deconstructing Yourself podcast as the radical cafe where you can hear from the most interesting luminaries either from the outside edges of dharma, or a fresh take from more traditional teachers. If you’re interested in more, check out the Deconstructing Yourself website at https://deconstructingyourself.com.
Talking about Zen Koans with Henry Shukman
Zen teacher, author, and poet Henry Shukman talks with host Michael Taft about Mountain Cloud Zen Center, Henry’s series on the Waking Up app, meditation for awakening vs. meditation as a “band aid,” the role of psychotherapy in spiritual practice, the power of working in the “old way,” the path of working with Zen koans as the journey of a lifetime.
Vajrayana as a Living Practice, with Ken McLeod
Host Michael Taft talks with teacher and author Ken McLeod about his insights into Vajrayana, spiritual practice as "choosing a way to live," the Tibetan idea of lam khyer, the power of prayer as a kind of raw, naked stance, difficulties Westerners face when attempting to work within traditional Asian religious systems, and why the seeds of spirituality need to be nurtured in secret.
Dimensions of Nonduality with Tina Rasmussen
Host Michael Taft talks with meditation teacher and author Tina Rasmussen about ways to understand nondual awareness and the progress of nondual meditation, including her own unique comparison between the Formless Realms of early Buddhist meditation and the Boundless Dimensions taught by Hameed Ali (aka Almaas) of the Diamond Approach.
Meditation and Communication with Shinzen Young
Shinzen Young talks with host Michael Taft about his new ideas around how we can apply the systematic mindset of mindfulness meditation to the many challenges of human communication and miscommunication.
Spiritual Bypassing and the Spiritual Friend
Host Michael Taft talks about the phenomenon of spiritual bypassing, as well as the importance of having a spiritua friend.
Meditation and Healing Trauma with Thomas Hübl
Host Michael Taft speaks with spiritual teacher and author Thomas Hübl about trauma and healing, aspects of collective and cultural trauma, meditation, spirituality, and much more.
Love yr podcast
Great interviews. Love the B-52s-ish theme song.
Great host, great guests, great podcast.